Dr. Vandana Janeja

Associate Professor,

Graduate Program Director, Online MS

Information Systems Department,

University of Maryland, Baltimore County


ITE 429, 1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore, MD, 21250, USA


Phone:+1 (410) 455-6238

Fax: +1 (410) 455-1073

                                         Email: vjaneja ‘at’ umbc ‘dot’ edu

























 Professional Activities








Short Biography

Vandana Janeja is an associate professor and the Graduate Program Director of Online Masters at the Information Systems department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).  She is also serving as an intermittent expert at NSF supporting data science activities in the CISE directorate (2018-2019). During her sabbatical she served as a AAAS S&TP fellow in the Office of the Assistant Director in the Directorate of Computer Information Systems and Engineering (CISE) at NSF (2017-2018) supporting Harnessing the Data Revolution big-idea. 


Her research is in the area of data science with a focus on data heterogeneity across multiple domain datasets.  Her recent projects include anomaly detection in massive network communication data, human behavior analytics in heterogeneous device environments, geo spatial context for IP reputation scoring, spatio-temporal link analysis across massive heterogeneous data, ethical thinking in data reuse and combination.


She has published in various refereed conferences such as ACM SIGKDD, SIAM Data Mining, IEEE ICDM, National Conference on Digital Government Research, IEEE ISI and journals such as IEEE TKDE, DMKD, KAIS and IDA. Her research has been funded through federal, state and private organizations including NSF, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, MD State Highway Administration, CISCO. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from Rutgers University. She completed her MBA from Rutgers University and MS in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology.



News and Updates:

  • Semester celebrations 2019 (Left to right: Mary Oke, Henanksha Sainani, Jana Burns, Jay Early, Vandana Janeja, Faisal Quader, Mohammad Aloodadi)


  • Congratulations to Faisal Quader for defending his proposal on Behavior Analytics using On Board Diagnostics and distraction detection in Smart Cars





·       Data Science Corps workshop at the McCourt School of Public Policy, in conjunction with the Data Science for Public Policy Program, December 7 – 8 2017, Georgetown University, Washington DC: https://mccourt.georgetown.edu/DataScienceCorp#



·       September 1, 2017-August 31 2018, Served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science, Technology Policy fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Office of the Assistant Director.  https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/activities/aaasfellows/bios/janeja.jsp

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AAAS STP Fellows Class of 2017-2018



2017-2018 NSF AAAS Fellows - Photo Credit: Steven Buhneing

·       Awarded new grant from CISCO (Co-PI), 2017-2018

·       Congratulations to Dr. Ali Azari for joining CVS Health as Senior Adviser of Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics, August 2017

·       2017-Welcome to new students beginning work with me: Henanksha Sainani (MS), Abu Zaher Md. Faridee and Michael Walsh (PhD)

·       Congratulations to Prathamesh Walkikar (Dec. 2016) and Suraksha Shukla (April 2017) for successful Master’s Thesis Defense on topics in Spatio-temporal multi domain linkages


Congratulations to Dr. Ali Azari for successfully defending his dissertation on ensemble learning in Multi-class, imbalanced datasets, Dec, 2015, Celebration Dinner (Left to Right) Mary Oke, Yanan Sun, Prathamesh Walkikar, Mohammad Aloodadi, Josephine Namayanja, Ali Azari, Vandana Janeja, Faisal Quader





·       Received new grant from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, awarded September 2015.

·       Awarded National Science Foundation Grant, June 2015

‘Integrating Cybersecurity with Undergraduate IT Programs’,



·       Josephine Namayanja, PhD, featured in class of 2015: http://www.umbc.edu/classof2015/josephine-namayanja.html


·       Congratulations to Dr. Yanan Sun (Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton) and

Dr. Josephine Namayanja (Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston):  Graduation May, 2015



·       Invited to the NSF sponsored Security Education workshop at Atlanta, GA, May 2015, https://www.gtisc.gatech.edu/

·       Celebration , May 2015,  (Left to Right) Faisal Quader, Ali Azari, Yanan Sun, Josephine Namayanja, Vandana Janeja, Akshay Grover, Jay Gholap, Mohammad Aloodadi and Anuja Kench



·       Congratulations to Josephine Namayanja and Ali Azari on advancing to PhD candidacy 11/6/2014




·       Josephine Namayanja presents her research at IEEE Big Data conference 2014,



·       Presented research paper at the ACM SIGKDD 2014 Workshop, ODD2 Outlier Detection & Description under Data Diversity at New York on August 24, 2014. 

The paper presented work with Dr. Yanan Sun on “STOUT: Spatio-Temporal Outlier detection Using Tensors”


·       Invited to the NSF/DIMACS Workshop for Aspiring PIs in Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace at San Diego on June 17, 2014


·       Faisal Quader at the poster session at the Third ASE International Conference on Cyber Security at Stanford, California, May 30th 2014, Presenting our work on “Computational models to capture Human Behavior in Cybersecurity Attacks”

·       Congratulations Dr. Sun (Health Integrity) and Dr. Shi (Facebook) on their successful PhD dissertation defense (April 2014)

·       Celebrating with Yanan and Lei on their successful defense (Picture on 4/25/14, From left: Faisal, Yanan, Vandana, Lei, Ahmed (Advisor: Dr. Karabatis), Josephine, Mohammad and Ali). All work and some fun :->




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